Libraries News Round-up: 11 July 2016

THE BOOKSELLER : 11th July
Wrexham Council scraps plans to outsource libraries
http://www.thebookseller.com/news/council-scraps-plans-outsource-wrexham-libraries-trust-351206

Get Reading : 11th July
Bracknell budget: £6 million cuts likely 
“We have a statutory obligation to run a library service, but what is a statutory library service? Is it one room or nine libraries?”
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/bracknell-budget-6-million-cuts-11589814

Shirley Burnham comments:

Councillor Heydon says:   “We have a statutory obligation to run a library service, but what is a statutory library service? Is it one room or nine libraries?”

It baffles me that he has not clarified this with the council’s legal folk, scrutinised precedent, or even approached the DCMS in London for clarification.   What a disaster for the future of any library Service that elected members can baldly and boldly express such ignorance.   People are horrified when a wonderful, professional library service which inspires social cohesion and is key to academic achievement, literacy and wellbeing is relegated to the level of garden waste, toilets and bins.  But alas, such is the level to which nowadays our representatives have sunk.

Good luck, people!   Keep fighting for and saving your public libraries.

Get Reading : 11th July
Reading libraries: none will close but opening hours will be cut
http://www.getreading.co.uk/news/reading-berkshire-news/reading-libraries-none-close-opening-11596069

 

Barry Today: 10th July
Vale of Glamorgan | Barry library to be upgraded to learning hub
http://www.barry-today.co.uk/article.cfm?id=106325&headline=Barry%20library%20to%20be%20upgraded%20%20to%20learning%20hub&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2016

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